PixelJunk 4am Dated For May 15th, Beta For Plus Subscribers

Rowan Parker has dated the next PixelJunk game – 4am is out on the 15th of May.  The interactive music visualiser will come with a free Viewer, too, and some lucky Plus subscribers will get an early look at the application from the 1st of May.

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“We’ve created various different events you can choose from to play live,” he said. “Different events will present you with different mixes of songs, visualizers and a new mood to go with each one.”

“You then take this event live on PSN and make it your own, crafting and performing it however you want.”

Each of the five songs have four sets of instrument loops – drum, bass, rhythm and synth.  You can loop these bits and add in one-shot samples, giving 160 different sound samples to pull from.

There are effects too – 16 simultaneously, and you can add in Move motion control to further adjust the music – in fact you can use two Move sticks. 4am can also visualise your existing music that’s already on your PS3, which looks interesting.

“A limited number of codes will be given to PS Plus members who own a Move,” say PlayStation, “allowing them to get a first taste of performing in 4am. There will also be a 4am Free Viewer beta download available to ALL PlayStation Plus members.”

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14 Comments

  1. Will wait and see on this, but the amount of loops sounds a bit limited.

  2. not a good showcase for the product when even the guy in the video promoting it looks bored. ^_^

  3. hmm, the effects they use sound rather basic…

  4. i’ll stick with UC3.

  5. Hmm… Doesn’t look very appealing as a game, and the music showcased was dull.
    Hopefully pixeljunk have more up their sleeves than this!

  6. I’m actually looking forward to this, but then I like Baiyon’s other work. As a project it is intriguing (but then I loved stuff like Noby Noby boy and Linger in Shadows) so I’ve been keeping an eye on this for sometime….I prefered it though when it was called PixelJunk Lifelike, but that could be because that trailer was much more out there!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWzY50YevMs

    • With you on this mate, love the unusual games and found Noby Noby Boy fascinating in particular, it was a unique experience trying to figure out what on earth it was with a mate for the first 4 hours before we decided it was a toy, not a game (in our opinion of course). I even quite liked Detuned and still boot it up occassionally, which may well leave me in a minority of one.

      Baiyons work for Eden was ace, so anything he is involved with will always be of interest to me.

  7. Looks incredibly dull. The guy in the video looks like he’s been forced to ‘play’ it. You never know though, it does have the ‘Pixeljunk’ name. They would be silly to add their name to a poor game after what they have released in the past.

  8. More interested in pixel junk dungeon whatever happened to that game?

  9. The online dj bit is cool but the limited no. of tracks and sounds is going to get old quickly. I would prefer if it incuded the option to create your own melody, or add some vocals with the singstar mic. Options like that would keep it fresh and interesting. I’m still interested in it but i’ll see how it fares come review time.

    • Be interesting to see if Pixeljunks support for the title includes DLC and if it is of the sort you mention, as all of that sounds like gold.

  10. I’m all plused up so I’ll give it a whirl…

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